Press Releases

ULC & National Coalition Celebrate Successful Launch of
the Edge Initiative for Public Libraries >>

April 17, 2014
Just three months following the national launch of the Edge Initiative, nearly 20% of public libraries have adopted this new professional tool. The Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council.


Global Library Innovators and Leaders Gather for Next Library 2014 >>

March 6, 2014
Next Library will bring its mission of driving innovation to N. America for the 1st time in June. Throughout the world, libraries are pushing boundaries, leading & accelerating changes to support learning in the 21st century. Next Library 2014, Accelerate Learning, will reflect the rapid pace of change in today’s world as well as the reality that learning in the 21st century is a means of individual empowerment, community well-being & social change. Read the full release >>


Statement from the Urban Libraries Council on the State of the Union >>

January 30, 2014
Susan Benton, President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, applauded President Obama's commitment in the State of the Union address to connect students to the Internet. But she called for additional investment in public libraries, which provide connections not just to students but to millions of American without broadband access. Read the full release >>